Valley In Lockdown, Jadavpur University Relaxes Hostel Rules For Kashmiri Students
Jadavpur University in Kolkata on Tuesday announced to relax hostel rules for Jammu and Kashmir students.
Considering the complete lockdown in the valley, the university has made provisions for J&K students who were admitted at the beginning of the 2019-20 session, last month.
“Hostel facilities are given to the students of the university considering their financial condition, distance, home town and other factors. In such times of crisis, Kashmiri students may face financial problems. So, we have decided to allot hostels to them inside the campus,” Rajat Ray, the dean of students, told The Indian Express.
As per university norms, a student has to wait for at least a month and a half after admission, to get hostel accommodation. The dean also cited security reasons for extending hostel facilities to about 100 Kashmiri students, who are presently enrolled in the university.
The Kolkata Police has also urged the university administration to extend help to the students. Jadavpur SFI leader Devraj too has extended help to Kashmiri students. “We have given an open call, they should contact us if there is any problem. We will try to take appropriate measures for their safety,” he said.
Ministry Of Home Affairs Issues An Advisory
The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) on August 6 directed all the college coordinators and principals appointed for the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) to help students from Jammu and Kashmir in their colleges.
Earlier, all the students under the fellowship were informed to approach their respective principals and coordinators for help.
Noting that “peace and public harmony” is not disrupted, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an advisory to all the States and Union Territories to protect residents of J&K living there.
“It is requested that special care should be taken to ensure the safety and security of residents of Jammu and Kashmir, especially students in various parts of the country,” the advisory said.